Taiwan: Pirates Attacked a Fishing Vessel. Why?

Somali pirates have hijacked a Taiwanese fishing vessel and a British cargo ship, according news (HERE).

The Taiwanese ship MV Win Far 161 was seized near an island in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

The hijacking of the Taiwanese ship is the latest in a series of attacks in the Indian Ocean.

Analysts say the pirates have moved many of their operations out of the Gulf of Aden, which is heavily patrolled by naval warships from countries as diverse as China, the United States, France and India.

Instead, they are attacking off the east African coast, targeting ships coming out of the Mozambican channel.

That is quite far away from their base. Have a look:


Obviously, pirates succeeded to extend their support…

I am just wondering why Somali pirates are interested by a simple Taiwanese fishing vessel…

A cargo, I could understand.

But a fishing boat?

No way to expect a multi-million-dollar ransom.

So why?

Please my readers, don’t tell me that China asked them to do it! (I know… Bad joke)




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8 Responses

  1. don’t tell me you don’t know that Taiwanese is known as a rich area
    people there are all rich
    best target
    and the best part of kidnapping Taiwanese is that
    it’s NOT recognised as a country in the international society
    so their government cannot stick out for them
    heheh… easy to bully
    of course, eventually the great Chinese government will intervene
    but the Chinese are always nice to the Africans
    they are there to help and make sure the ransom will be paid

  2. You wrote:
    – – –
    Please my readers, don’t tell me that China asked them to do it! (I know… Bad joke)
    – – –

    That’s pretty much what I thought when I saw this news — no joke.

    Let’s see… I predict that either a Chinese warship is going to “save” the Taiwanese vessel (without killing the pirates, of course), or Chinese officials will somehow “assist” in negotiating their release.

    Tim Maddog

  3. Jo, I am not sure that the vessel used a Taiwanese flag (it’s often the case) so the pirates could not know the boat belonged to a Taiwanese…
    Maybe they got the surprise after 😉

  4. Tim Maddog, I don’t see so much articles in Taiwan’s media about this event. Maybe they are giving space to the Chinese to do something 😉

  5. The Taipei Times has an article today which says [emphasis mine]:
    – – –
    Later yesterday, the Central News Agency reported that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu (姜瑜) said China would help rescue the vessel.

    In response, Chen said the ministry appreciated the offer.

    “We thank all countries that have expressed concern over the situation,” he said.

    When asked for comment, KMT caucus secretary-general Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔) said the party was thankful for China’s gesture.

    Tsai said: “If China helps rescue the vessel, we would welcome it, but it would be based on international humane concerns.”
    – – –

    Who could’ve predicted?

    Tim Maddog

  6. Yes Tim Maddog: It’s a total surprise!
    Who could even predict it…

  7. hmm.. I don’t know about this particular fish boat
    but usually only cargo vessel used other county’s flags
    fish boats usually do
    but one way or another,
    for those pirates, anyone on the ocean means $$$
    i am sure the Chinese will negotiate a good deal for everyone 😉

  8. For sure, Jo 🙂

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